Champions of Change

Champions of Change: Connecting The Americas

The White House, along with the U.S. State Department and U.S. AID, honor leaders who have exemplified extraordinary successes and efforts toward the development of – and diplomacy with – their countries or communities of origin.

Luis Aguirre-Torres is the founder and CEO of GreenMomentum and Cleantech Challenge México, two organizations created with the purpose of promoting, developing and implementing clean technology,...

Dr. Claire A. Nelson is the Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, the leading Caribbean American diaspora advocacy organization. Under her leadership, ICS has paved the way...

Elmer Arias is a Salvadoran-American citizen who leads the Futbol Positivo (Positive Soccer) project in Fairfax County, Virginia. Futbol Positivo began three years ago when the Fairfax Police...

Greivis Vasquez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela is a professional basketball player for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. After receiving his degree in communications from the University of Maryland...

David R. Ayón helped found and develop the Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI), a program of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation that enlists bi-national support to strengthen civil society in...

A. Patricia Janiot is the President of Fundación Colombianitos. She is one of the founders of the organization, which is dedicated to helping Colombian kids who are living in poverty. With more...

Alvaro Maldonado is a professional concert dancer and an entrepreneur. A survivor of El Salvador’s civil war, Maldonado is the founding Director of Ballet Teatro Internacional (BTI), a non-profit...

At age thirteen, Ana Moraga Archila immigrated to the United States from Guatemala City. She worked with several youth and human rights organizations in San Francisco, California before attending...

Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Sciences and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los...